Welcome to Los Altos
Highly sought-after Silicon Valley community with a charming downtown area in a beautiful rustic setting.
With a semi-rural atmosphere and a charming downtown full of unique shops and great restaurants, Los Altos is a wonderful rustic community that played a pivotal role of the evolution of Silicon Valley.
It was in Los Altos that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first fifty Apple Is in 1976 and today, it is a thriving affluent community providing a quiet enclave a short distance from the hi-tech bustle of Silicon Valley’s major enterprises.
Families stroll along its charming streets and enjoy the community’s laidback small-town feel, while its downtown area combines upscale international eateries and an array of more than 150 independent businesses across six blocks.
These sophisticated urban amenities are nestled within a gorgeous natural setting. Los Altos is crossed by three creeks and has an abundance of open spaces, and the blissful hillside trails of the enchanting 6-acre Redwood Grove Nature Preserve are a highlight of the community.
Los Altos Real Estate Insights
Commercial properties are strictly confined to the six-block downtown area and smaller clusters of shops and businesses along El Camino Real and Foothill Expressway, allowing Los Altos’ beautiful homes to sit upon quiet country lanes.
Properties range from inviting ranch houses and townhomes to grand custom-built residences spanning styles including Mediterranean villas, elegant traditional properties, and spectacular contemporary architecture. Luxurious modern condominiums close to downtown are among the area’s most coveted properties.
This enticing variety of real estate covers expansive lots that strict town ordinances require to be no smaller than a quarter-acre in size.
The combination of Los Altos’ welcoming atmosphere and pristine natural setting with its prime location between San Francisco and Silicon Valley create a huge demand for its homes. The median sales price over the past year was $2,810,000, with an average price per square foot of $1,253.
People & Lifestyle
Los Altos’ outstanding downtown is home to a wonderful variety of businesses. Upscale boutiques and salons are nestled beside welcoming locally-run businesses that include everything from grocery and hardware stores to dentists and veterinarians. There are numerous coffee shops to relax and enjoy downtown’s peaceful streets lined with Chinese Pastiche trees.
Downtown’s mix of restaurants includes authentic international cuisine and chic modern eateries. The delectable chocolates at Gourmet Works are truly divine, and the recently-opened high-end Japanese restaurant Hiroshi serves incredible Waygu beef flown in fresh from Japan every week. The aroma of freshly baked bread emanates from beloved local bakeries such as Voyageur du Temps, offering a delightful range of artisanal pastries. These wonderful amenities are found in a neighborhood that exudes small-town charm and community spirit. Quirky local events include an annual pet parade through the center of town and a much-loved farmers market each Thursday between May and September.
Along with the glorious trails that wind through pristine wooded hillsides, Los Altos is also home to the upscale amenities of the Los Altos Country Club, which boasts a glorious 18-hole golf course and first-class tennis and aquatics facilities, along with a magnificent clubhouse that serves delicious seasonal cuisine.